The European Court of Justice has ruled that Ireland is in breach of the 1979 Birds Directive and the 1992 Habitats Directive.
The European Commission brought the action against the Irish government in September 2004. Ireland was supported by the governments of Greece and Spain.
The Birds Directive says that ‘‘certain species of birds should be the subject of special conservation measures concerning their habitats, in order to ensure their survival and reproduction in their area of distribution’’....
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